Dean’s Message on NYLS and Coronavirus

Dear Alumni and Friends,

I hope that you and your families are safe and healthy. I know that in these challenging and unprecedented times, many of you are struggling with tremendous additional burdens—physical, mental, emotional, and financial—and my heart goes out to you.

I want you to know that the New York Law School community has responded proactively and compassionately to this rapidly changing health crisis.

We were one of the first higher education institutions to confront COVID-19 when, in early March, we closed as a precaution after one of our students was exposed to the virus. Thankfully, our student tested negative, but that experience was only the beginning of a period of massive upheaval for our community. For weeks, our staff have worked around the clock, seven days a week, to monitor our community’s health, bring our entire academic program online, and help our students navigate new challenges, big and small.

Though it was never our desire to be at the forefront of this pandemic, we are proud that we set the standard for how other law schools have responded—leading with facts, acting with great precaution, and communicating with compassion.

Yet even with these efforts, the turmoil caused by COVID-19 is just beginning, and our students will need much more support in the coming months. They are facing an array of unforeseen and extremely difficult challenges to the successful completion of their law school program. Many have lost their outside jobs or seen their parents laid off. Some are caring for sick family members or are not feeling well themselves. Many have had summer internships revoked. And, all are wondering whether there will be a market to support hiring them after they graduate.

If you are in the position to lend support, this would be an extremely meaningful time in which to give back to NYLS and our students by making a gift to the Annual Fund. This fund supports everything we do, including additional scholarships for students in need and innovative academic and professional programs to help students navigate the changing job market. In addition, if you would like to employ one or more of our students in virtual internships this summer, please let us know by contacting Jeff Becherer, Associate Dean for Academic Planning, Career Development, and Community Engagement, at jeff.becherer@nyls.edu.

We are one NYLS family, and I am deeply appreciative of your support and commitment to our students. Be safe and be well.

Dean Anthony W. Crowell